When you are preparing your home for your new baby, childproofing becomes a top priority. Ensuring that baby gates are set up properly, corners of tables are padded, and electrical outlets are covered are just a few of the things that you need to do to prepare for your curious baby. While parental supervision remains the largest method of keeping Baby safe around the house, there are other ways to ensure that your house is as safe as possible. In order to help make sure that you’re on the right track to childproofing your home, Gibson Newborn Services created a childproofing list for you to reference.
Childproof the Living Areas:
- Cover all electrical outlets.
- If using extension cords, cover unused spaces with electrical tape.
- Put bumpers on sides of furniture, especially coffee tables.
- Push items like TVs, lamps, and other decor away from the edges of furniture.
- Place heavy items on bottom shelves and drawers to ensure furniture is not top heavy. Anchor tall pieces to the wall using furniture straps.
- Keep all drawers closed when not in use (these make great ladders for Baby!)
- Install easy to use baby gates to ensure Baby is safe in the house.
- If installing a gate at the top of the stairs, it is advised to use a gate that can be screwed into the wall rather than a pressure gate.
- Ensure that blind and curtain ties are away from Baby’s reach.
- Cut them, use cord shorteners, or wind up methods.
- Install window stops on low windows to prevent the window from opening more than four inches.
- Avoid placing furniture or a crib near the window to avoid cord strangulation or the use of furniture to gain access to the window sill.
Childproof the Kitchen:
- Install child safety locks on all cabinet doors.
- Store pesticides, detergents, and other cleaning products in a high cabinet with a child safety lock on the cabinet.
- Keep all electrical appliances such as toasters, blenders, and coffee makers out of reach and unplug them when not in use.
- Cover trash cans and recycling receptacles.
- Install safety latches on the refrigerator door, oven door, and microwave.
- Store sharp utensils, tools, and glassware in a high cabinet with a child safety lock.
Childproof the Bathroom:
- Use a childproof doorknob cover.
- Install cabinet locks on all cabinets.
- Install toilet seat locks to prevent Baby from lifting the toilet lid.
- Keep all sharp tools such as razors, tweezers, and nail clippers in a high cabinet with a child safety lock.
- Store heated appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons, and flat irons in a cabinet with a child safety lock.
- Avoid plugging in these appliances near sinks or bathtubs.
- Place vitamins and other medications in a high cabinet with a child safety lock.
- Put non-slip rubber mats in the tub and on the bathroom floor to prevent falls.
Finally, ensure that the location of first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and emergency phone number locations are known to all caregivers and that every caregiver knows the protocol in an emergency situation.
If you need help childproofing your home, contact Gibson Newborn Services at 866-432-2229 and set up a consultation today!